Elmstead Market disconnected after cable theft attempt

Related Stories

Would-be thieves who tried to steal underground cables left hundreds of Essex villagers without telephone access, police say.

BT said some residents have suffered problems for five days, after Elmstead Market near Colchester was targeted.

The attempted cable theft damage has left some villagers without a landline or internet connection.

BT said it had about 65 faults left to clear and hoped to restore all lines by the end of Wednesday.

'Really weird'

The loss of the telephone lines has left shops, including a petrol station, unable to take card payments and residents unable to use the internet at home.

Gary Smith, head teacher at Market Field School, said phone calls stopped coming into the school last Friday.

"It was strange," he said. "It was really weird."

A spokesman for BT said: "We have suffered cuts to underground cables in an apparent attempted theft of cabling, which is affecting some services at the moment.

"Engineers have been onsite over the weekend repairing damage, recovering and putting in new cables."

Essex Police is investigating the incident.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Essex

Weather

Chelmsford

14 °C 7 °C

Features

  • The OfficeIn pictures

    Fifty landmark shows from 50 years of BBC Two


  • French luxury Tea House, Mariage Freres display of tea pots Tea for tu

    France falls back in love with tea - but don't expect a British cuppa


  • Peter MatthiessenPeter and Paddy

    Remembering two of the greatest travel writers


  • Worcestershire flagFlying the flag

    Preserving the identities of England's counties


  • Female model's bottom in leopard skin trousers as she walks up the catwalkBum deal

    Why budget buttock ops can be bad for your health


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.